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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report- 7/8/11: Folks, I give you the Platinum Sombrero

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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 7/8

*All results from games played on Thursday, July 7th 2011

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (38-51)_______________________________________


The Bisons got off to a good start in this one, with a two-run home run in the first off the bat of RF Fernando Martinez. Unfortunately, that would be the sum total of their offense on the evening. LHP Mark Cohoon made his best AAA start, recording 14 of his 18 outs by strikeout or groundball and didn't walk a single Yank. The Bisons had a chance to take the lead in the top of the eighth, but left the bases loaded and Scranton capitalized in the bottom half with three runs of RHP Dale Thayer to break the game wide open. 

  • RF Fernando Martinez: 1-3, HR (7), 2 RBI, R, 2 K, HBP, E(2) (.265/.322/.428) The ball took off on about the easiest left-handed stroke you're gonna see, off of Yankees rookie Ivan Nova no less
  • 1B Zach Lutz: 2-4, K (.324/.413/.543)
  • 3B Michael Fisher: 0-4, 2 K (.273/.333/.410)
  • LHP Mark Cohoon: L, 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 7 K, WP
ROSTER UPDATE: Nick Evans is up with the big club, so Jon Malo barely had time to unpack in Binghamton before he was sent back to Buffalo.

AA - Binghamton Mets (31-55)_____________________________________


After losing three straight to Portland, Binghamton's bats exploded to take the last game of the series with the Sea Dogs. The B-Mets scored early and often A Josh Satin two-run double capped a five run second and chased Potland starter Stony Pimental from the game. Bingo kept pouring it on, though, as CF Matt Den Dekker added his first AA home run and C Dusty Ryan contributed an RBI double and a round tripper of his own. RHP Brandon Moore tossed seven very good innings, and left with a lead big enough that even the B- Mets pen couldn't blow it. Though, of course, they tried.

  • 3B Josh Satin: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB (.322/.415/.538); Clearly Josh Satin ran over Chad McDonald's dog at some point.
  • 1B Eric Campbell: 0-3, R, BB; (.212/.323/.275)
  • CF Matt Den Dekker: 1-5, HR (7), 2 RBI, 2 R, K (.277/.348/.464 // .203/.295/.348 @AA)
  • DH Allan Dykstra: 1-5, RBI, 4 K (.268/.394/.447); Un sombrero esta aqui. Dykstra does dodge Goat of the Night, though...
  • 2B Jordany Valdespin: 2-4, RBI, R, K, HBP (.300/.345/.469)
  • RHP Brandon Moore: W, 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K, HBP (6-7, 82 IP, 4.06, 63 K, 25 BB, 97 H, 5 HR)
  • RHP Josh Stinson: 2 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, BB, 2 K, HBP (5-8, 81.2, 7.16, 48 K, 39 BB, 101 H, 7 HR);  The conversion to the bullpen is not going well. In 9 IP as a reliever has surrendered 14 H and 10 R

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (8-5 // 46-37)________________________________________


LHP Darin Gorski keeps plugging away in the Florida State League, tossing six innings of one-run ball tonight, as St. Lucie salvaged a series split with the Miracle. Gorski did run into some trouble in the sixth while nursing a one-run lead. A botched fielder's choice and a botched sacrifice loaded the bases, but Gorski managed to limit the damage to just one run. In the bottom half of the inning, SS Wilmer Flores knocked a two-run homer, and St. Lucie added a couple insurance runs to put this one out of reach.

  • LF Juan Lagares: 1-4, 2B, R (.344/.381/.492)
  • RF Cory Vaughn: 2-3, R, BB, K (.297/.413/.435 // .368/.467/.605 @ Adv-A)
  • 3B Jefry Marte:  0-3, R, BB (.275/.340/.391)
  • SS Wilmer Flores: 2-4, HR (6), 2 RBI, 1 R (.280/.322/.386)
  • CF Cesar Puello: 0-4, 2 K (.232/.292/.339)
  • LHP Darin Gorski: W, 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K (8-0, 86.1 IP, 1.56, 96 K, 20 BB, 70 H, 4 HR); Not his best start, but we really won't know what he is until we see him against AA hitters. I see no reason why Moore or Stoner should be blocking him at this point.
DOCK DOYLE WATCH: Dock Doyle DH'd again and went 1-3 with an RBI double. He also appears below as Captain of the 2011 All-Name team.


Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (12-3 // 51-33)__________________________________


The scorching Sand Gnats were facing a pitcher who had given up 15 runs in his last 9 innings, so of course Savannah was blanked for the first 8 innings. RHP Gonzalez Germen and LHP Chase Huchingson combined to throw 8 nice frames of their own, but the Sand Gnats defense was problematic for the second straight game, letting in a pair of unearned runs. 3B Aderlin Rodriguez continues to be a third baseman in the same way that I am an opera singer-- neither of us can even fake it. The Gnats mounted a furious rally in the ninth, sending eight batters to the dish and plating four runs, but CF Darrell Ceciliani struck out, leaving the tying run marooned on third.

  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 2-5, 2 K (.243/.336/.348)
  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 0-3, R, BB, E(29) (.218/.268/.360); Might be worth a trip to Brooklyn to see if you can shake him out of this funk. He doesn't turn 20 until November.
  • SS Wilfredo Tovar: 0-4 (.228/.291/.282)
  • C Blake Forsythe: 1-4, HR (4), 2 RBI, R, E(6) (.224/.321/.371); A respectable, if odd, .258/.465/.516 in his last 10 games.
  • DH Albert Cordero: 1-3, R, K, HBP (.231/.268/.296)
  • RHP Gonzalez Germen: L, 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K, HBP (8-4, 84.2 IP, 3.83, 75 K, 22 BB, 94 H, 8 HR); Another guy mysteriously losing Ks, just 12 in his last 22.1 IP. Control and GB rates have remained strong, though.
  • LHP Chase Huchingson: 3 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, WP, HBP (5-2, 61.1 IP, 1.91, 71 K, 19 BB, 46 H, 5 HR); For all of us who have been wondering what is up with Mr. Huchingson, Toby Hyde fills us in on his stuff and mechanics (w/ bonus Taylor Whitenton content). 

Short Season A- Brooklyn Cyclones (11-10)_______________________________________


The Cyclones' struggles continue as they fell to the Lake Monsters of the Vermont. Bullpen woes doomed Brooklyn as LHP Orlando Tovar coughed up three runs in the seventh to erase the Cyclones' precarious one run lead. There were some bright spots at least, as SS Danny Muno returned from his fingernail issue and 2011 5th round pick LHP Jack Leathersich turned in a dominant professional debut.

  • SS Danny Muno: 2-4, R, BB, 2 K
  • LF Javier Rodriguez: 2-4, 2B, RBI
  • 3B Brian Harrison: 0-4, 3 K
  • CF Travis Taijeron: 0-3, K, HBP
  • Xorge Carillo: 0-3, R, BB, K, 2 E(3); I thought he was supposed to be a solid defensive catcher, that's three errors in his first two professional games.
  • RHP Eduardo Aldama: 3.2 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 K; Don't know why he was pulled this early, maybe ran up his pitch count.
  • LHP Jack Leathersich: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K; Doesn't get much better than that. 27 K/9!
ROSTER UPDATE: Moves aplenty! With the activation of SS Danny Muno and 2B J.B. Brown from the DL, along with the rostering of LHP Jack Leathersich, the Cyclones transferred OF Dylan Brown, INF Carlos Leyva and 1B Luke Stewart to Kingsport.

Applachian League (R)- Kingsport Mets (7-10)_______________________________________

Recapping the Appalachian League is somehow infuriating. It is not a beautiful box score, lots of errors, strikeouts and walks. Not so many walks tonight, but the K-Mets did strike out 13 times and commit 2 errors. I guess there is a reason Kingsport was offering free admission and played tonight in front of a scant 989 patrons. Elizabethton scored all nine of their runs in the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings, behind a barrage of extra base hits. Miguel Sano of Elizabethton continued to kill the Kingsport pitching staff, adding a 2-5 day to run his series total to 6-14 with two triples, a home run and five RBIs. For the K-Mets, DH Camden Maron continues to flash a nice bat and a lot of patience, though I'd like to see him behind the plate more often. Recent draftees Gregory Pron and Chad Zurcher have also performed well so far, but there is only so excited you can get about college guys in the Appy League. 

Gulf Coast League (R)- GCL Mets (8-4)_______________________________________

 GCL METS 3, GCL ASTROS 3 (suspended) (Box)

It rains a lot in Florida. They'll finish this one up the 12th, before the two teams meet again.

And as I promised on twitter, here is the all-important Mets Minors All-Name Team for 2011. Feel free to dispute my picks and discuss your favorite snubs below.

Dock Doyle (St. Lucie)
1B Kevin Weijgertse (DSL 2)
2B Yucarybert De La Cruz (Kingsport)
SS Jordany Valdespin (Binghamton)
3B Merqui Marmolejos (DSL 1)
OF Jet Butler (Savannah)
OF Thomas De Wolf (GCL Mets)
OF Tilman Pugh (Kingsport)
DH Jeyckol De Leon (GCL Mets)
SP Edioglis Vilasmil (GCL Mets)
RP Hansel Robles (Kingsport)

 Star of the Night 

You know, IF Josh Satin seems to get two doubles and a couple of RBIs just about every game, but really, I feel like he should get mentioned down here more often. So Josh, this one's for you. 

Goat of the Night

Kingsport LF Julio Concepcion is actually in the midst of a nice season in the Appalachian League, as his 0-5, 5 strikeout night only dropped his average to .324. But 5 strikeouts might well beat out 3 errors as the most goatworthy (horny?)  possible performance for Goat of the Night. (Okay, not going with horny)